One of our readers asked us about the issue with ingrowth while shaving. I agree – not the first thing you want to think about early in the morning but like Tuhina reminded us, its a problem.
I replied to her question in our comments section but after I did I realised I had a lot more to say. So guys, lets do it.
If you remember I did ask Dr. Rashmi Shetty about ingrowth and she had something quite interesting to say. I had always associated ingrowth as a problem with shaving. But Dr. Shetty said it’s basically a problem with any one type of hair removal method, waxing or shaving, used for a prolonged period of time.
I asked Anisha about this to test out this theory. She says it probably is. She has waxed most of her life and still has ingrowth and I have shaved most of my life and have ingrowth. So we decided to put Dr. Shetty’s suggestion to use. Anisha switched to shaving and I switched to waxing and guess what, it does help. So I definitely think it is just a case of mixing up your methods and of trial and error. I would encourage people to experiment as well. Just because something has always worked doesn’t mean it couldn’t work better.
Since I’ve been using the recommended method of first the shaving gel, then a good razor with multiple fine blades and finally a nice cooling aloe vera based gel post shaving, I’ve noticed that my skin is much smoother and feels way softer and more moisturized than before. There is also much less ingrowth than before. I’m yet to try Bidisha’s trick of using coconut oil instead of shaving gel but it sounds really interesting and I’m going to give that a try soon. Coconut oil is basically good for everything I’ve come to realize. I hope this has helped answer some of your questions, and if you have any more ask away in the comments!
This post was written in collaboration with Gillette Venus.